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30-30 afficionados

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ChefJeff1, Jun 7, 2009.

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  1. ChefJeff1

    ChefJeff1 Member

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    Dear 30-30 afficionado's, please convince me to buy a lever gun in 30-30. I'm thinking about a Marlin 336, "well used" for a fun gun, truck gun, drift boat gun, deer gun, whatever gun. I love the nostalgia and clean lines of these. I'll use it with an old weaver k-4 scope 4x. I'll be reloading for it after I accumulate some brass from practicing with it. So, really talk it up for me. Tell me everything you love about yours and what you've done with it. I've read the entire "30-30 for elk" thread but I could stand to read more on this also. Thanks, Jeff (future 30-30 owner).:)
     
  2. Handgunner

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    Next to a good .22, I think everyone should have a 30-30. They are just plain fun.

    I have a 336 and a Winchester 94. Great rifles.

    They always seem to bring a smile to my face when shooting them.
     
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    Sort of like asking us what does love smell like. It is hard to describe, but once you're there, you'll know.
     
  4. Schleprok62

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    Just get it... and have fun with it... great caliber... lots of fun, and reliable... and, nastalgic too...
     
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    And now for something completely different...


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  6. NCsmitty

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    I've had both Marlin and Winchester leverguns and they are very reliable. Marlin's are a little more robust with the solid receiver but the Winchester carbine is a little lighter to carry and is quick to the shoulder.
    The new LeveRevolution bullets add another dimension to the old 30-30 or 35 Remington for performance too.

    NCsmitty
     
  7. saturno_v

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    Where do I start?? :D:D:D

    Very light, dependable and incredibly handy carbines (both Winchester and Marlin), lightning fast follow up shots, tolerable recoil by basically anyone, very accurate (almost always), rich historical heritage.....in a SHTF situation or heavy HD scenario (such as your farm is surrounded :evil::D) you can keep the gun topped off without stop shooting :evil::evil:

    The cartridge itself is very capable within its intended range, much more than the cold energy numbers would suggest...you do not have to worry about exploding or deviating bullets if you hit bones.....the round will give you, reliably and predictably, all it has in penetration and/or expansion.

    Despite the occasional nonsense that you will read even here on the THR where some think that the thutty-thutty is just a bit more than a pop gun and its bullets could innocently bounce off Bambi, the round has more than its fair share of successful nastry critter defense stories, including the great bears....I can tell you that even if I were a Kodiak Grizzly I would not enjoy for a second standing at 100 yards or less from a very capable shooter and its 30-30 carbine....

    The new leverevolution ammo allow the good old 30 WCF to literally jump cartridge category...a reliable 300+ yards whitetail cartridge...

    To sum it up, outstanding performers, both rifles and cartridge, still going strong after 114 years...as personal choice I would go for a Marlin rifle, a bit stronger than the Winchester and way easier to scope...before the gun craze of 2008, your run of the mill 336C used in good shape would go for $200-250, $400 new.

    Do I need to try to convince you even more??? :D
     
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  8. Titan6

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    Every time I think about selling my old Winchester I think of a dozen reasons not to. I think mostly because I see it hanging on the wall every day I might miss it.
     
  9. cyclopsshooter

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    This ones for huntin (Rem 700LH BDL 30-06)
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    This ones for lookin (Pre 64 Winchester 94-30-30)
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    This ones for truckin an kickin (Marlin 336C 30-30)
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  10. Runningman

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    Winchester 1894s and Marlin 336 30-30 most endearing qualities are they are handy, not to heavy, not to long, fairly low recoil, slim rifle that will do the job within reasonable range. Easily stored for use in pickups, boats, canoes, small airplanes, snowmobiles, horses.

    My Marlin 336 has a 2-7x scope on it and my Winchester 94 just has stock iron sights on it.
     
  11. PT1911

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    so I am seriously contemplating putting a peep site on my marlin model 30... what do you think of these?
     
  12. BK

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    Yes. Peep-sight that bad-boy.
     
  13. MacTech

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    Dammit, STOP POSTING GUNPRoN! ;) I just got a Savage 30-06 a few days ago, and now I'm wanting a 30-30 lever too....

    Nice lookin' boomsticks all :)

    <rationalization mode on>
    Y'know, I *AM* missing two types of action from my collection, I have single-shot, pump, bolt, semiauto rifle, semiauto pistol, I'm missing a lever action and a revolver, once I get those two, *THEN* the collection will be complete.....

    And no, my Ithaca 49 doesn't count as a *real* lever-action, wait a tic, I do *unofficially* have a lever-action, a Winchester 1892 in 44-40, it's my father's deer rifle, but he lets me use it whenever I want, it's just that the ammo is too bloody expensive, almost $50 for 50 rounds.....
    </end rationalization mode>
     
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    MacTech, is your savage a 110? I have one in 270 left hand bolt, leupold base and redfield scope- tack driver sub inch groups at 100 yards from a bench- better than I can shoot!
    savage makes a good rifle!

    and for the sake of this thread i should mention 30-30s :)

    they are a great all around rifle- the leverrevolution ammo really does take them up a notch or two!
     
  15. benzy2

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    Just buy one. Everything about them is right. Not much more to say than everything is good and fun. I'm really glad I picked one up when I did. Great shooter and a fun rifle. I would like to get a tang sight to try shooting a bit further with that rifle but we'll see how that goes.
     
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    You'll soon be wishing that you had a 45-70...
     
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    i want a 45-70
     
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    Absolutely. It just feels authoritative.

    "Git over there by that durn tree you varmints!"

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    If I were you, I would not write off a model 94. Of course, it would be both difficult and criminal to receiver scope a 94, so the K-4 would need to wait for another mount. You can side-mount it on a 94, but that creates a butt-ugly monster. If you can track down a 94 Trapper, you can barrel scope it with an EER pistol / scout scope using the existing buckhorn dovetail & a purpose built mount form Brownells or Midway (B-Square?). Compared to the Marlin, the 94 is faster handling, thinner, and quicker to shoulder for me. The strait grip also looks better to my eye. The Marlin is easier to scope, easier to clean, and more accurate. Still, when nostalgia strikes, I love the feel of the 94 & the deer don't seem to notice it lacks a scope when I do my part.
     
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    I just bought a used Marlin Texan 30-30 with a straight grip for $249 at Scheels in Sparks, NV. mechanically excellent but with some appearance wear. I have yet to try it out. I hope to put a Williams Foolproof on it.
     
  21. ChefJeff1

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    I haven't written off the trusty 94 and the scope is just cause I have it, it's not a priority. It seems that the marlin is easier to disassemble and that kind of swayed my decision but if I find a nice win, I'd get it. It is sounding even better to get one and reloading will making fun times cheaper with lead bullets.
     
  22. mbt2001

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    30-30 is a fantastic gun in a light and handy carbine, capable of multiple shots on target from a politically correct package. Can handle most game in North America with the exception of moose / grizzly bear, however I am sure they have been taken with the 30-30.

    Ammo is easy to find, I have even seen stop and shops that sell 30-30.
     
  23. achildofthesky

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    I have 2 right now. A Marlin 336 SDT and a 336Y I found recently. Both are handy as heck especially the Y model. Easy as pie to reload, even with a hand press and powder scoops. Bullets of all kinds and weights are available (I am playing with Speer 130 HP's and FP's, Sierra 125gr FHP and Hornady 130ge PSP pistol bullets). Factory ammo is common and especially around deer season very cheap due to the big 3 manufacturers of ammo offering rebates of usually $5.00 a box. Makes it easy to stock up and I cannot reload for $5-6.99 a box of 20.

    While not always the best first choice, the 30-30 is stout enough for anything in the lower 48 at reasonable ranges. Deer, check, black bear, sure why not, varmints, you betcha... Plinking HELL yes! SD/trunk or truck gun uhuh...

    Don't walk, run to your nearest purveyor of fine arms (or look in the want ads in your local paper) and buy one. I like Marlin but have had Winchester too... You wont regret it. Did I mention that if you are well bought they hold their value well?

    Patty
     
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    They did indeed at reasonable distance...the 30-30 was the wonder magnum of its time...
     
  25. Bearhands

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    ChefJeff1 , now that you've read just a few accolades....... visit Paco Kelly's levergun forum and ask em there.

    The 30-30 is .............. well..... it just "is".
     
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